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Book - Start Spinning
Our Price: $21.95
This is a quick reference guide that both beginning and experienced spinners will use to look up common spinning terms, find out how to maintain their wheels, and learn how to process fiber and spin yarn. The fourth book in the bestselling Companion series (with over 100,000 copies in print), this handy spiral-bound offering is an authoritative tool that spinners will want to keep beside their wheel or with their handspindle at all times. The art of spinning is growing in popularity as knitters, new and experienced, want to make their own yarn. All it takes is some fluff, a spindle or wheel, and a little practice! Maggie Casey, co-owner of Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins yarn shop in Boulder, Colorado, and veteran spinning teacher, takes complete novices to competent spinners in Start Spinning: Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Yarn.

Based on Maggie's time-tested Spinning 101 workshop, which she has taught for twenty-two years, readers will learn to spin the yarn of their dreams beginning with an introduction to the various types of fibers available, choosing and preparing (or buying) fiber with which to spin, and detailed instructions for both spinning on a spindle and spinning on a wheel, with extra detail on Wheel 101 complete with plenty of photos. Maggie also offers a special section on troubleshooting and wheel maintenance, plus tips and tricks for creating better yarns. Then she moves into plying, setting twist, using a niddy noddy, and woolen and worsted spinning. Maggie concludes with a chapter on uses for spun yarn, which covers wraps per inch, measuring yards for projects, and size of yarn.

Start Spinning: Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Yarn covers all the basics newbies need to spin their own fabulous yarn. Using yarn handspun to your own specifications is like tasting a delicious strawberry from your own garden; once spinners get comfortable creating new and wonderful yarns, anything is possible!

Reviews:
"Well, hallelujah! A wonderful, inspiring new introductory overview of spinning. This is a FANTASTIC book." - Deb Robson, former editor, Spin-Off magazine

"[An] excellent introduction to the craft... highly recommended for public libraries." - Library Journal

"The brilliant thing about this book are Maggie's hands. They are everywhere. On nearly every page is a close-up photo of Maggie demonstrating every aspect of spinning." - knitty.com

"This book is one of the best beginner books on spinning I have ever read... even the experienced spinner will learn quite a lot by reading it." - Spindle and Wheel online magazine

"This is the sort of instruction book I wish was available when I struggled to teach myself how to spin... the next best thing to taking private spinning lessons." - Monsters and Critics.com

"5 out of 5 stars. This is an excellent book for anyone who is thinking about learning to spin or who already has a spindle or wheel." - Knitting News

"An ideal choice for new spinners."-About.com Guide to Knitting
Spin Control: Techniques for Spinning the Yarns You Want
Learn to take control of your handspun fibers and create the yarn of your dreams. From soft, bulky singles to durable cabled yarns with terrific stitch definition; and from tweedy yarns with rich texture and color to serviceable 3-ply that holds up to heavy use, the sky is the limit with the thorough guide to spinning. You will learn time-tested techniques for spinning success, the ins and outs of materials for creating great yarns, as well as step-by-step directions for making singles, 2-ply, multiple plies, novelty yarns and much more

This book is out of stock and it's not being reprinted at this time. If you wish to purchase a copy you can get an e-copy directly from Interweave HERE

Book - Get Spun
Our Price: $22.95
Book - Spin Art
Our Price: $22.95
Similar to the original, Homespun, Handknit, this book offers a variety of projects for beginner and advanced knitters and spinners (or fans of handspun yarns). Packed with spinning knowledge and over 25 adorable projects, crafters can create unique gifts and wearables.

Make the most of your handspun!

All New Homespun Handknit: 25 Small Projects to Knit with Handspun Yarn features beautiful quick-to-knit projects that use just a few hundred yards of handspun. Whether you’re a handspinner or simply a handspun yarn collector, show off the unique colors and textures only found in yarn created by hand.

Transform small amounts of handspun into fantastic wearables with All New Homespun Handknit. Choose from colorful caps and bags, cozy self-striping socks, comfortable and beautiful mittens, airy ponchos, warm scarves and shawls, and adorable sweaters and hats for babies and kids.

Top knitwear designers including Kathryn Alexander, Amy King, Faina Letoutchaia, Kathleen Taylor, Sara Lamb, Nancy Bush, Judith MacKenzie McCuin share patterns, tips and tricks, and the inspiration behind their handspun designs.

Create your own one-of-a-kind garments with the help of All New Homespun Handknit. Knit original, adorable small projects with all your favorite handspun.


Want to learn how to spin the cool, funky art yarns found in knitting boutiques (at boutique prices) or on handspun websites in limited-edition amounts? Popular spinner Symeon North demonstrates how to spin unique and creative art yarns, accompanied by clear step-by-step photography that explains each technique in Get Spun.

Taking the craft beyond intriguing but often nonfunctional yarns that are often labeled "art yarns," Get Spun teaches the reader to create useful yarns with structure and balance. By combining this range of skills with an unlimited range of fiber possibilities,knitters and fiber artisans can not only create the yarn of their dreams, they can re-create it and use it for their fiber-art projects.

Intended for the advanced beginner to intermediate spinner, this book explores the spinning fundamentals, techniques for spinning wool and silk, spinning with nontraditional materials (fabric, silk cocoons), introducing add-ins (beads, locks, etc.), and creating exciting plying effects. Nearly all of the colorways featured in Symeon's yarns are created by hand-dyeing or blending. In addition to the spinning techniques, Symeon will share techniques for easy home dyeing and using a drumcarder to blend colors and fibers.
Push your spinning skills to new heights and get adventurous with textured yarn. Jacey Boggs helps you bring textured yarns to the next level in Spin Art. Inside you'll learn all the secrets behind her exciting new fusion of traditional spinning and envelope-pushing creativity. The yarn styles explored in this comprehensive spinning guide are as well made as they are inventive. Jacey walks you through each of her techniques, with a refreshing mixture of quirky, fanciful, and unexpected designs that are always skillfully constructed. Inside you'll discover: How to create innovative, eye-catching single and plied spun yarn styles, including wraps, beehives, bumps, racing stripes, loops, bubblewrap, multiplied, and more. Detailed technical instruction with step-by-step photos with finished spun yarn and swatch close-ups. Jacey's bright personality and motivational tips to inspire all spinning enthusiasts to unleash their creative spirit. In the Spin Art bundle you'll also get the instructional video that provides additional handspinning demonstration and commentary to complement the techniques in the book. Jacey has bottled the energy and expertise of her highly sought after workshops into a personal, at-home textured yarn workshop experience for you. Spin Art is an irresistible adventure for spinners who are interested in creating delightful and durable textured yarns. NO DVD with this BOOK ONLY
Don't Be a Square! Break out of the box with 150 Knit and Crochet Motifs. With this exciting guide you'll go beyond the humdrum square, and explore a fun and eclectic world of unconventional shapes and patterns.

Geometric, circular, and irregular shapes are the focus of 150 Knit and Crochet Motifs, including exciting variations on motifs like shells, stars, and even paisleys. The patterns include colorwork, texture, dimension, and interesting outline shapes for innovative applications.

The motifs are presented in a directory of different shapes and textures. The book also includes smaller blocks to join them together as well as edging ideas to add finishing touches. Get suggestions for mixing and matching the motifs, and learn how to knit and crochet them together to create one-of-a-kind functional and decorative pieces. With 150 Knit and Crochet Motifs, you'll be well on your way to more creative knitting and crocheting design combinations than you could imagine. The possibilities are endless!